Are Starchitects Resistant to Environmentalism + Humanitarianism?

There’s an opinion piece by Christopher Hawthorne in the LA Times about the potential absence of star architects, lazily referred to as ‘starchitects’, from the realm of humanitarian architecture.  When […]

By |July 9th, 2007|Categories: Affordable, Materials, Modern architecture, News|0 Comments

Telus Tower of Toronto (S2)

Telus Tower is going to be one of the first new towers constructed in Toronto in a long time.  It could also be one of the most technologically advanced towers in Canada.  Using the LEED certification system as a guideline for design, the Telus Tower will pursue Silver level certification.  It’s expected to cost about $250 M to build, with about 30 stories comprising 780,000 sf of office space.  Telus will occupy about 60% of the building when it is completed by the beginning of 2009. 

In addition to the LEED elements, Telus Tower is going to be a showcase of "Future Friendly™" Technology in both building automation systems and tenant environments.  This will include floor-to-ceiling windows, raised floors for underfloor distribution of hot/cool air, and state-of-the-art communications cabling and electrical power. 

Good Links:++Telus Announces New Office Development in Toronto [Telus]++New Towers Paint the Town Green [thestar.com]++Toronto Downtown Towers Going Green [treehugger]

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By |July 8th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

07.07.2007 – Thoughts on Live Earth, John Mayer + David de Rothschild

Unless you’re completely oblivious to what’s happening on Earth, you know there’s a world full of concerts going on.  Live Earth.  With some things, I like to exercise a modicum of skepticism to make […]

By |July 7th, 2007|Categories: book, Conservation, Energy Efficiency, News, Water Efficiency|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Smart Growth, Valuable Green Ideas, Energy Efficiency Investments + Affordable Green Developments (WIR)

Boston suburbs urged to adhere to smart growth principles or face the loss of open space and dwindling water resources.  There’s money to be made in green ideas; the business landscaped has […]

By |July 7th, 2007|Categories: Affordable, Energy Efficiency, Land Use, News, Water Efficiency, Week in Review|Tags: |3 Comments

MiniHome: Ultimate Sustainable Mobility

This is the Sustain Minihome, a green, urban RV for the modern-day recreationists.  When you see this, you won’t believe how much functionality and comfort can go into a mere 325 sf.  To get the real feel of it, go check out the HGTV video of Andy Thomson’s miniHome (the designer).  Nice.  I’m pretty sure this is going on the Christmas wish list.

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By |July 6th, 2007|Categories: Nature, Prefab|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

The Greenest Home in San Francisco – Clipper House by LORAX Development

I read an excellent article about San Francisco’s Clipper House by LORAX Development in Solar Today magazine and wanted to share some info about it.  The Clipper House has become a showcase […]

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